Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives.
We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.
Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better.
Between 2011 and 2015, we will invest £1.4 billion of public money from government and an estimated £1 billion from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. Government funding is received from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and requirements are laid out in our funding agreement with them.
The BBC Academy puts training and skills at the heart of the BBC and the industry to help meet the challenges of an ever-changing media world. It provides a portfolio of high-quality training and development, including face-to-face courses, online programmes and a variety of development initiatives. Visit the Academy website for further information.
The Lowry is the most visited cultural venue in Greater Manchester, one of the UK’s leading combined arts organisations and among the most successful cultural regeneration projects in the world. Our five-strand artistic programme brings together performing arts with world-class partnerships to deliver an unparalleled range of live performances across our three theatres; exciting and challenging contemporary visual arts exhibitions alongside the largest LS Lowry collection in the world; an ambitious programme of digital and cross-arts activity; and our extensive learning and engagement participation and talent development programmes which underpin all of our work. Our vision is that The Lowry will be a world-class arts centre based at the core of the region’s creative and cultural quarter. These world-class ambitions will sit comfortably with our commitments to celebrating the unique heritage of this location and to putting communities and people at the heart of all that we do.
The Lowry is a registered charity committed to using visual and performing arts to enrich people’s lives. We present audiences with a diverse programme of theatre, opera, musicals, dance, music, comedy and visual art as well as events and activities to expand the horizons of audiences and artists alike.
At the heart of our work is a commitment to our local communities and young people. Tapping into the work on our stages and in our galleries, we offer thousands of free creative participation opportunities each year. We are passionate about nurturing talent, developing creative professionals of the future and raising aspirations.
The Digital & Creative ICZ (Industry Collaboration Zone) is one of four strategic programmes that has been pioneed to develop exceptional partnerships between the University of Salford and Industry.
The Studio for International Media & Technology represents the footprint of this zone and is based at the University of Salford’s MediaCityUK Campus. It connects to the University’s other campuses through links with laboratories and studios in: the Shcool of Computer Science and Engineering, The School of the Built Environment and the School of Arts and Media.
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